Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Steam Drunken Prawns

This is a very simple and easy to prepare Steam Herbal Drunken Prawns dish. What you require is some very fresh or even live prawns that you can get hold of in the wet market, some Chinese herbs and cooking wine.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)
300g of Medium Fresh/Live Green Prawn
5 - 6 Slices Of Dang Gui(当归)
5 Red Dates(红枣), seeds removed
1/2 Tablespoon Of Gou Qi Zi(杞子)
50ml Of Hua Diao Jiu

1. Pre-soaked the herbs in the hua diao jiu for at least 30 minutes to an hour for the wine to absorb the aroma of the herbs.
2. Trim and wash the prawns then pat dry and arrange them in a steam tray/plate in single layer.(do not overlay them as it will cause uneven cooking time during steaming)
3. Arrange the herbs on top of the prawns and pour over the remaining wine on it.
4. Steam over boiling water for about 4-5 minutes, remove and served immediately.

If your prawns are kept in the fridge before steaming, remember to remove it from the fridge at least 10 - 15 minutes before hand and to let it cool off and pour away any of the water in the tray or plate before arranging the herbs on top.

Tuesday, 7 November 2006

Steam Hairy Crabs

This is my 1st time seeing and eating a live Hairy Crab. These are specially air-flown from Hong Kong by one of my hubby colleague. The most simple and delicious method to eat these crabs are by the most origin way which is - STEAM.

You can get fresh and live hairy crab in Singapore during this season from most Cold Storage seafood department or by visiting the distribute in Singapore know as HIGH FRESH(they have different kinds of seafood available for public to purchase)

How to Select A Hairy Crab:
1. It must be alert and have a flat, pentagon-shaped, greenish shell.
2. It's underside should be white and there should be no unpleasant smell.
3. It's claws should be well developed with brownish hair.

Cooking Methods:
1. Wash the crabs thoroughly and place them in a steamer by putting the back facing upwards.
2. Place a slice of ginger on top of each crabs and steam on hot boiling water for 15 minutes then continue to simmer on low heat for another 10 minutes.
3. Remove the top shell of the crab and clear away the black coloured sacs and intestines.
4. Next pulled off the crab legs and take a chopstick and push the meat out.
5. You can either eat the aromatic flesh of the hairy crabs on its own or dip the meat in minced ginger with black vinegar sauce.
6. Ends the meal with ginger tea will make you rebalance the body's yin and yang.

Do not consume the hairy crabs together with Persimmon, Cold Beer or Cold Water.

Because Hairy Crabs are "Cooling" to the body, it is recommend best to consume one at each meal. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, 10 October 2006

Grill Asparagus With Bacon & Cheese

Hello! All my blogger friends out there! I am back in action again....... After disappearing for about a month plus. I finally decided to start off my blogging hobby again.

Very soon, you will see new recipes coming up... so just give me a few days to sort things out, ok.... Cya.....Thanks for those who kept coming back to check for new recipes and etc. Hope my new coming up recipes will enhance your cooking life in a way.... :) Posted by Picasa

Thursday, 7 September 2006

Okonomiyaki or Ajeon(Korean Pancake)

Okonomiyaki is a type of Japanese pan-fried batter cake with various ingredients. Okonomi means "what you like" or "what you want," and yaki means "grilled" or "cooked" thus, the name of this dish means "cook what you like, the way you like." The batter is made up of flour, grated yam, water or dashi, eggs and shredded cabbage, and usually contains other ingredients such as onion, meat (generally pork or bacon), octopus, squid, shrimp, vegetables, kimchi, mochi or cheese. Okonomiyaki is often compared to an omelette or japanese pizza.

Ajeon is a traditional Korean-style pancake which is a very popular appetizer or snack. It is made with flour batter, eggs, and green onions/scallions, served with a mixture of soy sauce & vinegar for dipping. In translation, “jeon” (pronounced “jun”) is the actual battered ingredients and “pa” means scallions in Korean. The basic type of this dish consists of just scallions along with flour and eggs but endless variation of this dish can exists by simply adding other ingredients such as seafood, kimchi, or vegetables.

Since I had already bought this Ottogi Flour Mixture for sometime, I decide to give it a try. It's pretty easy, just add in whatever vegetables, meat or seafood that you prefer and follow the instructions on the packet and pan-fry it till golden brown, drizzle it with some BBQ and Japanese Mayonnaise sauce and served.

Notes: You can get this Ottogi Pre-mix from most of the supermarket in Orchard Area or sometime in NTUC. Posted by Picasa